Minister promises salary increases for prison officers

first_imgAt a time where smuggling of contraband has peaked to its highest in recent days, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has given his word to increase the salaries of prison officers, in an effort to stamp out corruption in the prisons.The Minister gave this applauded assurance at a recent ceremony at the heels of comments emanating from the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels. According to Samuels, prison officers are being disrespected.“For too long the prison officers have not been given the respect they deserve, while the present remuneration package which can do with some improvement, honourable Minister, I thank Almighty God daily for all the good purpose-driven officers in our midst who continue to work against all odds,” he said.When Minister Ramjattan took to the podium, he said he will make sure the issue of a proper remuneration for prison officers is raised with his fellow lawmakers in Parliament.“There is a lobby, yes we can do with a little bit more salaries, that’s a big lobby and I will behave like a politician here and say ‘yes I promise that will be done’. I must say that it’s (the prison service) probably the most difficult of jobs, especially in the context of salaries that you get. It is difficult…and rest assured, I will, I as Minister am going to make the lobby at the relevant places, Office of the Presidency and especially Minister of Finance, that we have a better day,” he said.His statements come at a time where only recently, the PSC raised concerns about the low wages being received by not only prison officers, but Police Officers in Guyana.According to that body, the low income being received by these Government workers, contributes to them participating in illicit acts to earn an extra dollar.It was recently reported that some 28 prison officers were dismissed after being involved in the smuggling of contraband at the various prisons. A number of illegal weapons and substances have been discovered in recent days.last_img read more

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Legacy table reaching final phase of development

first_img“The Lions Club of Fort St. John began by donating 18 chairs, window treatment, LED accent lighting and an electronic photo frame,” a press release from the Legion Branch reads.There are currently six tables open for eight pictures of veterans on each, all of which will be black and white with the name of the veteran and the regiment they served printed underneath.Sponsorship at each table for companies cost $750 for a double logo table and $1,500 for a single logo table.- Advertisement -“Now as more people hear about the project and see the tables, the more they want the veteran in their family to be honoured on a tabletop,” the legion goes on to say. “The project has a waiting list (of) families who want their family veterans’ picture included.”The tables will be manufactured using “granicrete” with a decorative finish that will cover the pictures and logos to preserve them.If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or if you have a family member you’d like to commemorate, contact Marilyn Hunter at 250 262 9627, the legion at 250 785 3917, or email mjhunter337@gmail.com.Advertisement The legion says the honoured veteran doesn’t necessarily need to be a resident of Fort St. John to be a part of the table project.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP searching for missing man

first_imgPolice are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing 37-year-old male.  Grande Prairie Rural RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate 37-year-old Shaun Savard. Family members have not seen or heard from Shaun since August 6, 2015.All attempts to locate Savard have been unsuccessful. Police do not suspect foul play at this time but need to speak with him to ensure his well being.  Savard is described as Aboriginal, black hair, brown eyes, 5’10, 200 lbs. (photo attached).RCMP are asking the public that if they have seen Savard, spoke to him or know of his whereabouts to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

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Scotland v Republic of Ireland: Colin Hendry warns hosts must win in Glasgow

first_imgScotland will host the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park on Friday in a Euro 2016 qualifier and former Tartan Army skipper Colin Hendry joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show ahead of the big game.Ahead of the Group D clash, Ireland are sitting second in the table, with Scotland three points behind them in fourth, and Hendry has warned the hosts must win to keep alive their qualification hopes.“It is a big, big match for us. Gordon Strachan is playing down the fact it is not a must-win game. Well for me, I think it really is,” he said.last_img

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Transfer Insider: Spurs close in on striker, Liverpool offered ex-Man United star and Arsenal step up chase for German ace

first_img1 Emmanuel Emenike It’s that time of year again! The January transfer window is open and the speculation is reaching fever pitch. You’ve probably seen your club linked with a number of players in recent days and weeks and here, our transfer expert, Jamie Sanderson, casts his eye over some of the hottest gossip and rates the chances of the moves happening.Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbache to TottenhamSpurs want another striker and have been tracking the Nigerian international. The 27-year-old is keen on the move and a £7.8million bid has gone in. It’s all down to Fenerbache accepting now. (Chances of it happening: 9/10)Miralem Pjanic – Roma to LiverpoolPjanic is the man Liverpool want to replace Steven Gerrard, and they’re ready to make a concrete offer soon. The Italians don’t want to sell, but a bid from the Reds in the region of around £25million could be tough to refuse. (7/10)Ilkay Gundogan – Borussia Dortmund to ArsenalThe German international midfielder has rejected a new contract at Dortmund, and Arsenal want him. A last-ditch deal is on the table with the Bundesliga side to keen to keep hold of the 24-year-old, and the Gunners are now waiting to see what happens. Keep an eye on this deal. (5/10)Nemanja Vidic – Inter Milan to LiverpoolLiverpool are being offered Vidic by Inter, who are desperate to offload him after his move from Manchester United last summer failed to work out. Brendan Rodgers is not keen, but if a deal can be brokered wherby Inter continue to pay his wages, then this could yet happen. (3/10)Gareth Bale – Real Madrid to Manchester UnitedUnited are keen on the Welshman and have heard encouraging noises coming out of Madrid about the possibility they could cash in on the former Tottenham star. However, nothing will happen in January, so United are looking at other targets. (1/10)last_img read more

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France keeping feet on ground ahead of World Cup final

first_imgL’Equipe’s Saturday magazine supplement even came with a front cover photo of crowds on the Champs-Elysees avenue. “See you tomorrow,” read the caption.Deschamps’ side are strongly fancied to win Sunday’s final but lessons from the recent past — including defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 — ensure they are not getting carried away ahead of the match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.“To be honest with you, we are in our bubble,” said goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.“Of course we know what’s happening in France, all the more so after seeing all the images after the Belgium game.“But tomorrow we will be coming up against opponents of great quality. They deserve to be in the final just as much as us. They have demonstrated their worth and that they have the physical and mental resources to go and win it.”Two years ago, France lost in the Euro 2016 final at home after beating world champions Germany in the semi-final.“At the Euro it was something new for the whole team. It is true that we experienced a great night at the Velodrome against the reigning world champions,” said Lloris.“But I don’t think it’s true that we got carried away, even if there was a lot of euphoria. And that was not the case after the Belgium game.”Deschamps, who was captain of the side that won the 1998 World Cup in France, also said the side were keeping their feet on the floor.“There is no euphoria. I don’t feel it anyway,” he said. “We are satisfied to be there, and we are aware that it is the biggest match of the year.”Most of the French squad in Russia were not even playing at Euro 2016, with Kylian Mbappe the symbol of the new generation that emerged following that disappointment.Mbappe tore apart Argentina in France’s 4-3 win in the last 16 in Russia, before they proved too strong for Uruguay in the quarter-finals and Belgium in the last four.“Today’s squad is different. Fourteen of them were not there at the Euros. There is less experience, but there is quality,” said Deschamps, who is wary of a Croatian side led by the brilliant Luka Modric.“Croatia’s players have gained experience with their clubs, and they have been playing together for a while.“But in practically all of our matches since the competition began we have been faced with this idea that our opponents have more experience.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris speaks to the press at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 14 – France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said the World Cup favourites are shutting out the mounting excitement at home as they focus on one final push against Croatia.Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Paris following Tuesday’s semi-final win over Belgium and confidence is high that Didier Deschamps’ team can match the achievement of the 1998 winners.last_img read more

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Sept. 11 dust, debris blamed in death

first_imgNEW YORK – A retired, 34-year-old New York City police detective who spent hundreds of hours searching for Sept. 11 victims at ground zero has died of a respiratory disease related to the cleanup, union officials said. James Zadroga is believed to be the first emergency responder to die as a result of exposure to World Trade Center dust and debris, said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association. “Unfortunately, I do not think he is going to be the last,” Palladino said Saturday. Zadroga died Thursday at his home in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., officials said. Results of an autopsy were pending. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Zadroga had developed black lung disease and mercury on the brain as a result of working at ground zero, Palladino said. Palladino said Zadroga had worked up to 16 hours a day in rescue and recovery efforts the first month after the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the trade center towers. He developed shortness of breath and other respiratory problems in the months after the attacks, and retired on disability in 2004. A majority of residents and ground zero workers tracked by several different registries monitoring the participants’ health have reported worsening respiratory problems in the years since the attacks. Zadroga, a 13-year veteran of the force, had a 4-year-old daughter. His wife died of cancer in late 2004, Palladino said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MEET THE RAPHOE MAN ALREADY ‘SPROUTING’ ABOUT CHRISTMAS!

first_imgGreen Leafy Gael food blogger Ms McColgan with Sprout TreeFEATURE:With many of us thinking about starting some christmas shopping, one Raphoe man has been planning it since March. You see John Graham is a man who loves Brussel Sprouts, growing them that is.John is the second generation of his family to grow sprouts commercially on the family farm in Ballyholey, near Raphoe. Some Ballyholey sprouts“We start sowing seed in March and then plant the young plants outside around May”, John goes on to explain, “This year has been a challenge to get them them going, especially early in the summer when it was cold, the growth was slow, but they’ve ripened up now and are looking good”, John laughing adds “We don’t do any spraying with them, once they’re planted its survive or be ploughed in!”John grows around 2 acres of Sprouts which he sells into the wholesale market and through the Ballyholey Farm Shop and at his popular stall at the Letterkenny Artisan MarketHe has admitted surprise that already people are buying them.“We chopped a few trees [name given to the entire plant] and just had them on display the other week at the market just to say to folks that we’d have them ready for christmas, and they sold right away and already we’re selling around 25kg of sprouts per week at the Market and another 25kg in the shop” John puts this down to the move towards seasonal foods among celebrity chefs and this in turn is encouraging house old cooks to think seasonal, and traditionally sprouts were an early winter staple food, which sadly for many, turned into a once a year culinary disaster.“Soggy sprouts sadly is what many folks grew up with, but when you go to a restaurant and you get sprouts fried with bacon and butter you realise what a tasty veg they are” adds John.John adds “Folks are so puzzled when they see the Sprout Tree, many don’t realise that’s how they grow, so we even put a video on our youtube channel of me picking sprouts”So the question is…..Do you love or dread the though of Sprouts for christmas???Link to Youtube clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Iy-A9cg5rs Planting Sprouts way back in MayMEET THE RAPHOE MAN ALREADY ‘SPROUTING’ ABOUT CHRISTMAS! was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalRaphoesproutslast_img read more

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‘Turning of a new era’ as Circuit Court Judge rises for the last time in Letterkenny

first_imgDistrict Court Judge Paul Kelly led the tributes to outgoing Circuit Court Judge John O’Hagan who presided over matters in Letterkenny Circuit Court for the final time today.Judge O’Hagan, a native of County Louth, has been Circuit Court Judge for the Northern Territory for 11 years, but is now to retire. “He has served the people of Donegal, without fear, favour, bias or ill will,” Judge Kelly said.“I am quite sure where we erred, John corrected us or where we were unduly harsh he extended the hand of mercy.“He dealt with them with fairness, humour, compassion and, always, dignity.“Legal expertise, life experience, common sense, practicality, firmness, decisiveness, empathy, hard work and good honour are the qualities of a good Judge. He will be missed by all the legal community.”Judge Kelly said he first met Judge O’Hagan in April 2011 and described his colleague as a ‘genial, smiling and friendly man’.Judge Kelly said Judge O’Hagan should as if he was on a lap of honour ‘like aTaoiseach, who announced his retirement but did not give a date!’Judge Kelly commended Judge O’Hagan on how he dealt with ‘issues of overcrowding, long lists, late sittings and harrowing cases’ and wished him well now in his motorcycling, caravanning, sailing and time with his family.The County Registrar, Geraldine O’Connor, said Judge O’Hagan had been ‘a dedicated, hard-working judge of great ability.’She said: “He has always been most helpful and insightful when we sought advice. The pressure of the list and the volume of business is considerable but he isn’t afraid of long hours and extra days. Int is a magnificent tribe that arrears are much reduced.”Criminal jury trials have been reduced from 180 to 50, the civil list has dropped from 400 to 200 and the family law list been reduced from 140 to 50 in Judge O’Hagan’s time.Mr Damien Crawford BL, on behalf of the Bar, said it was a ‘turning of an era’.“Not only are we about to change judge, but we are about to leave this building to go to a new building,” he said.“I remember when we were here with a stone floor and with acoustics that no-one could hear. Myself and Mr (Peter) Nolan (BL) remember those days and the odd rodent – and that was only his clients!“Judge O’Hagan has done more than a service to Donegal and has been an essential feature of the management of the people of the area.“The amount of energy that is expended, I don’t think people actually appreciate it. Practitioners were below yesterday bushed, but Judge O’Hagan death with the cumulative work of all of the cases. He has shown tremendous dedication to the public service and will be greatly missed. We are losing one of the best judges ever on this circuit. You might have worn out this building but you’ll never wear out your welcome.”Judge O’Hagan has compiled a photo montage to adorn the new courthouse on the High Road in Letterkenny.The outgoing Judge paid tribute the legal personnel, the courts staff, the Gardai, probation service, prison officers and the press.He paid particular thanks to his colleagues Judge Kilraine and Judge Kelly.He said: “A lot of people don’t realise the hard work the District Court does. It is the first port of call for the ordinary citizen on the street. It is the first experience that the citizen has of court. It is a tremendous court of common sense. I often say that the District Court and Circuit Court are the peoples’ courts. They are for the people and for the citizens.“I hope  that we have sent various messages to the community that there are certain things that you just don’t do.”‘Turning of a new era’ as Circuit Court Judge rises for the last time in Letterkenny was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JUdge John O’Haganlast_img read more

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DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS BOW OUT ON PENALTIES AFTER TITANIC BATTLE IN KILKENNY

first_imgFOOTBALL: Donegal schoolboy’s league U16’s (2000) bowed out of the Paul O Neill cup at the ¼ final stages yesterday after a titanic battle in Kilkenny.Played on the very impressive, but very small 4G pitch at Evergreen F.C, this game was a tremendous advert for underage football. Donegal started very well and almost took the lead after 3 minutes.A tremendous ball from keeper Eoghan Jordan played through Ryan Toye, he took the ball around the keeper but from an acute angle he saw his shot go narrowly wide when everyone in the ground thought that it was in.Just 2 minutes later Donegal should have again got on the mark. A fine shot from Toye saw the Kilkenny keeper parry the ball, Mark McFadden was following up to tap it over the line but an excellent tackle from a Kilkenny defender put the ball out for a corner.This corner would be one of 10 Donegal had in the first half and saw Ethan Harkin head just over. Donegal were dominating proceedings and Ryan Toye was causing chaos for the Kilkenny defence and he was lucky to avoid a serious injury when a Kilkenny player caught him in the face with studs as he was going through on goal again. Kilkenny were gradually getting into the game but Donegal continued to miss chance after chance.As is always the case you get punished for not taking your chances and on 27 minutes Donegal were caught out when a simple ball through the defence saw the excellent Ciaran Brennan shoot low past Jordan.It was totally undeserved and very harsh on the Donegal lads who had dominated up until this. Brennan, who has signed terms with Manchester United and was fresh from scoring twice for the Rep of Ireland U15 against the Czech Republic last week was a real threat.Incredibly just 57 seconds after his first goal, he grabbed his second when again the Donegal defence were caught sleeping at a throw in and he shot low to the corner.This lifted Kilkenny and they had the better of the remainder of the first half. The extremely tight pitch meant that Donegal’s key playmaker Connor McKinney couldn’t get the space to pick passes.The 2nd half started like the first with Donegal dominating. Edward O Reilly was introduced to the left wing and he began to torment the Kilkenny defence. With Connor McHugh, Anthony Grant and Aaron McCafferty totally dominating the midfield now Donegal laid siege to the Kilkenny defence. Numerous chances were created with McFadden, Toye, Grant and O Reilly all going close. On 53 minutes Edward O Reilly linked well with McCafferty and was going through on goal when he was brought down by the Kilkenny centre back.This was his 2nd yellow card and in a double blow to Kilkenny, Ryan Toye curled a majestic free kick into the corner of the net to get Donegal back in the game. Donegal were rampant now and O Reilly and McFadden were running riot on the wings.On 67 mins a deep free kick from Ethan Harkin found Edward O Reilly on the far side of the box and he scored with an absolutely wonderful volley reminiscent of Marco Van Basten in Euro 88.Kilkenny were a spent force and there looked like only 1 winner from now on. The Kilkenny management made some changes and they decided to sit in and hit on the break. The tight nature of the field meant that even with 10 men, Donegal couldn’t stretch the Kilkenny team to take advantage. Donegal spurned numerous chances and despite 14 corners in the 2nd half, the game went to extra time.Again Donegal dominated possession with Kilkenny looking to hit on the break. There were numerous half chances but with Kilkenny packing the defence, Donegal just couldn’t get a clear effort on goal. With 2 minutes left Aaron McCafferty had a glorious chance from 2 yards that somehow was deflected over for a corner. The game went to the dreaded penalties and the Kilkenny keeper was the hero saving twice from the spot. It was very harsh on the Donegal players who but for 57 crazy seconds totally dominated the game.The team and management would like to thank Kavanagh’s SuperValu Dungloe for their sponsorship of match day hydration and nutrition.Donegal: Eoghan Jordan, Anthony Gallagher, Danny McGlynn, Ethan Harkin, Callum Boyle, Mark McFadden, Connor McKinney, Anthony Grant, Connor McHugh, Aaron McCafferty, Ryan ToyeSubs: Jamie Lee Blaney, Ryan Carr, Jordan Gallagher, Edward O Reilly, Justin McGee, Mark McDaid, Paul Bradley, Ruairi DennehyDONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS BOW OUT ON PENALTIES AFTER TITANIC BATTLE IN KILKENNY was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SchoolboysnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

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